Farmington Hills credit union opens grants to nonprofits

Community Choice Credit Union, based in Farmington Hills, has issued its first open request for grant applications through the Community Choice Foundation, which will issue quarterly grants of up to $3,000 to a nonprofit in Michigan.

“Since launching the Foundation in 2008 Community Choice has awarded $880,000 in scholarships and staff has donated over 17,000 volunteer hours to local charities,” Steven Hernandez, Foundation Development Coordinator, said in a press release. “The new grant program will now allow us to help fund the nonprofits we’ve spent so many years volunteering with and believing in. With four grants to be awarded per year there is plenty of love to go around, and awardees just might also benefit from our annual Give Big volunteer weekend.”

Nonprofits must be located in Michigan and address one of the Foundation’s four priority areas:

  • health and human services, projects or programs that address the physical and or mental well-being of children and adults;
  • capacity building, which would support staff or board trainings, financial audits or strategic planning;
  • basic needs, for organizations who provide food and shelter for the most vulnerable residents of Michigan; and
  • neighborhood safety/community development, which would support organizations who are fighting blight and beautifying their communities

Eligible organizations must also have their own 501(c) 3 legal status.

Community Choice is accepting letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. The first winner will be announced in December. The Give Big Grants program is made possible through the credit union’s payroll deduction program, in which more than half of Community Choice’s 244 employees have elected to donate a portion of their pay.

To apply, interested organizations are asked to contact the manager at their nearest Community Choice Credit Union Member Center to ensure eligibility and begin the application process. To find the member center nearest to you, visit